Farmland Preservation protects valuable farmland and habitat for recreationally important animals, like salmon, birds, deer, and elk. These projects allow families to continue farming the land they have worked on for generations, and provide Washingtonians with healthy local food and a diverse economy. WWRP is the only source of farmland preservation funding in the state budget.
Whatcom County will use this grant to acquire development rights on the Eldridge farm, an active dairy. Totaling 30.55 acres, this acquisition project will help Whatcom County curb the loss of agricultural lands. The primary benefit of the proposed project is to ensure the permanent preservation and maintenance of rural land for agriculture and open space.